Tennis Club News

Tuesday, June 11, 2002



"The Women's Team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent memory. The inimitable mother/daughter team of Williams and Morss had an undefeated record. The rest of us (mortals) scrambled through 3 set matches, managing to win about half of them.

We are indebted to the coaching of Juliet Godson for her encouragement, wisdom and expertise. She kept our spirits from flagging and greatly enhanced our performance."

-Cynthia Ellis

The tournament draw should be made up today. When it is available, it will be posted here. (Or, rather, a link to the draw will be posted here. Draw sheet formats are beyond the capability of HTML and have been done in java on a site maintained by a Friend-of-the-Club.)

The tournament schedule has been re-jiggered: The Finals of:

scheduled for Saturday, September 7, have been moved to Saturday, September 14.

Finals of:

scheduled for Sunday, September 8, have been moved to Sunday, September 15.

The times for the matches remain the same, and the rain dates, September 21, and 22 remain the same.


The club's gravel walkways have been much maligned lately. Folks hate them because they are difficult to walk on. The stones are so big. Folks are afraid of twisting an ankle. But those big stones are part of our re-engineered drainage system and have been very effective in making the courts so well drained, so fast-drying. The water goes right through the stones. 10 inches under the stones are perforated pipes wrapped in filters. The pipes empty rainwater (did somebody say 'rain?' ) into wells from whence the water is pumped into the city system. Our drainage (including the big rocks) is vastly improved. Nowadays, we think, we open sooner than most clubs with Har-Tru courts.

The club is in the process of planning to make the walkways more foot-friendly.

But watch your step. Please.


The next Round Robin, a pizza night, is scheduled for Thursday, June 18.


Eric Herz, who was a member of the club for many years, died on May 25.
The Boston Globe's obituary tells us that he escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, emigrating to Israel and studying flute at the Jerusalem Conservatory. He served in the English Army in Cairo, and later became a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1951, he went to Canada and then came to Boston and Cambridge where he co-founded the "Boston School" of harpsichord making. He was a renowned harpsichord maker and a master craftsman, producing almost 500 instruments before he retired in 1996. He also served as president of the Boston Early Music Festival.
We remember Eric's tennis play here at the club. He was a regular at Sunday pick-up doubles back in the days when it was a major event on two courts. Eric played almost every Sunday, for years.
A memorial service will be held in the Fall.


Rick Rose's Doubles Clinics have started, and will continue for a while on Mondays and Wednesdays, pending the ending of the women's team season, and pending input from attendees and potential attendees.

He's accepting feedback.

The clinics run from 10:00 to 11:30 and cost $14.00. And they are very popular. Check them out.


Club member, Charles Ansbacher is again conducting the Boston Landmarks Orchestra in a series of free outdoor concerts. You can read all about them, and him, and find a concert schedule at the Landmarks Orchestra website.


Here's a link to the espn site, with pro rankings.

Take a look

at what was going on at the club on this date last year. (A pretty good page, we think.)

Website Update: Events, Members, and Reservation Requests are not active parts of the site nowadays. Timelines is not for civilians.

The Governors and Committees page, the Activities page (round robins, tournaments, etc), and the Rules page have all been updated. We thank the folks who have kindly done some on-line proofreading. And we solicit any additional proofreading. Or comments.



The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2001. From there you can see the whole of the Persistent Archive of last year's news.

Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.

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Joe DeBassio, Webmaster

Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2001). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.

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